Review: April Rain engraves sonic letters with 'To Whom It May Concern'

April Rain
Rating: 8/10

Letters convey our thoughts and emotions coherently. So when we string our thoughts, frame sentences and pen it down, it gives us a platform to express our repressed emotions. Russian post-rock band April Rain does exactly that through sounds. Their latest album “To Whom It May Concern” is ample proof of that.

When you listen to the album it almost feels as if April Rain has painted some unsent letters shaped with unsaid words in each of the instrumentals. The songs instigate the listener’s most intimate thoughts that could have been conveyed if he or she could siphon some faint trace of courage. The record as a whole evokes feelings beautifully using spaced-out guitars and drums, with sudden mellow electronic hues creeping in here and there. Songs like “Cat’s Cradle” and “Searching For Inevitabilities” sometimes may drastically evolve into a flurry of drums overlapped with keyboard sounds and distorted guitars, which in turn creates a space for voicing repressed fury. But when this is immediately followed by soothing guitar strums, it provides a much needed breather. The respite, that follows when we vehemently voice our thoughts and opinions on a simple sheet of paper, is perfectly reflected by “Fields Of Milky Snow.”

The songs may surprise you by their swift changes, but isn’t that how human emotions work? Humans are never resigned to a single emotion at a point of time. Emotions are like a fluid river slowly contorting into the next one swiftly and gracefully. So, is “To Whom It May Concern.”

This album is a perfect depiction of unspoken words and all the buried emotions connected with it. “To Whom It May Concern” is a very thought provoking album which is why you must listen to it all alone and delve into the intricate layers of thoughts that form as a result of it.

~ The Wallflower

Listen to the album below: